We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie J Memphis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie J, why did you pursue a creative career?
There are two answers to this; Intimacy and communication. Intimacy is such a special feeling when both the entertainer and the entertained share a moment of emotion invoked by song (if not by the music or words.) But communication has a special place in my heart. Cause I couldn’t speak a word till I was five and even after that I still had trouble properly speaking without slurring all my words. So having the ability now to communicate emotions and thoughts coherently feels like a near blessing if anything else!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve only gotten to where I am today through hard work and hard-learned lessons with the support of my friends, family, and mentors. I’m still facing challenges to this day that I’m still trying to figure out, between professionalism to being open and honest all at the same time. I do my best to communicate this as well in my songwriting; with professional structures and challenging rhyme schemes to topics, I’d rather not talk about. But a lot of this has been gone over through an album I’ve just recorded with Paul Cauthen at the Echo Lab in Argyle, TX! Though I have no idea when It’ll come out, I’m excited and proud to show it to everyone and anyone when it does. It fuses the likes of Marty Robbins and newer acts such as Kendall Marvel to whom I look up to.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since the pandemic is still raging on many options I would have chosen aren’t available. But I can still name a few between Doc’s Vintage and Records which has some of the best selection of clothing and vintage records to date. Then down to the Stockyards in Fort Worth there’s a great burger joint next to the White Elephant Saloon called Love Shack. They’ve also got some great museums around Fort Worth that you oughta check out. Though a great place to window shop and simply hang out would be in Denton Square. There’s a lot of Diners and local shops worth checking out but if you’re looking to camp, nothing beats the Caprock Canyons!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are quite a few people I ought to shout out when it comes to the support that’s gotten me here. Between my family and friends who’ve always been by my side to my mentors along the way (such as Adam Krier, Joshua Fleming, Paul Cauthen, and Jane Lybrand.) They’ve helped build me into the artist I am today musically and sonically. If I didn’t have them I doubt I’d be the same….
1. Rico DeLeon 2. Brooks Burris 3. Me 4. Brooks Burris 5. Cal Quinn & Aly Fae